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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 13, 2018






 
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Architecture Fellows": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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William Muschenheim Fellowship - Laida Aguirre
Laida Aguirre is an architectural designer and artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Northeastern University and a Master of Architecture from California Polytechnic Pomona where she is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Architecture.
Walter B. Sanders Fellow - Steven Lauritano
Steven Lauritano is a theorist and historian of architecture and the visual arts. He earned his doctorate from Yale University in December 2016 and is currently completing a book project on Karl Friedrich Schinkel's conception of history, based on the Prussian designer's experimental work with antique remains.
Willard A. Oberdick Fellow - Brittany Utting
Brittany Utting holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University where she received the Sonia Albert Schimberg Prize as outstanding graduating woman and was awarded teaching fellowships under Peter Eisenman and Emmanuel Petit.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/04/04/exhibition-view-architecture-fellows [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Bookworm Club: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited to discuss The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman's novel about 3 women who rediscover the importance of family as they recount the stories behind the charms on an heirloom bracelet.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"The Little Mermaid": Dexter District Library.

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Kids age 5 & under, accompanied by a caregiver, invited to watch the 1989 Disney animated film. Bring a pillow, blanket, and stuffed animal, if you wish. Snacks & juice boxes.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Weekend Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Mar. 30-Apr. 1: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" (David Bowers, 2017). Comedy about a kid who derails his family's road trip in a scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Apr. 6-8: "The Star" (Timothy Reckart, 2017). Animated retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of a brave donkey and his animal friends.

Apr. 13-15: "Wonder" (Stephen Chbosky, 2017). Inspiring drama about a 5th grader with extreme facial differences who attends a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.

Apr. 20-22: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about a meh emoji who rebels against the rule that emojis must have only one facial expression.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue., 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed., 11 a.m.-noon Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

"Materialities: Ancient and Modern": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Conversation between noted art historians Annabel Wharton and Jás Elsner.
Noon, 1014 Tisch, 435 S. State. Free. 763-9047. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

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Mar. 16: "The Quiet Man"(John Ford, 1952). A retired American boxer returns to the Irish village of his birth and falls in love with a fiery beauty. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara.

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Mar. 23: "Dunkirk" (Christopher Nolan, 2017). WW2 thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.

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Mar. 30: "The Longest Ride" (George Tillman, Jr., 2015). Drama (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) about the ill-fated love affair between a rodeo bullrider and a college student.

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Apr. 6: "Thor: Ragnarok" (Taika Waititi, 2017). Sci-fi superhero flick about the Norse god's race against time to stop the destruction of his world.

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Apr. 13: "Sully" (Clint Eastwood, 2016). Biopic starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

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Apr. 20: "Tommy's Honour" (Jason Connery, 2016). Biopic about the complicated relationship between the father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf in Victorian-era Scotland.

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Apr. 27: "The Greatest Showman" (Michael Gracy, 2017). Lavish musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron.

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May & Jun. schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1, 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:15 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Loveless": State Theatre.

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(Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017). Drama about a couple going through a bitter divorce who must team up to find their missing son. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Russian, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:30 p.m. 

"AIReal Yoga": Ringstar Studio.

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AIReal Yoga is real yoga, in the air. Using an aerial silks-style hammock as its primary prop, students are able to explore deeper, more "honest" stretches, spine-lengthening inversions, and floating savasana. All levels of yogi are welcome at these intro-level classes. Elevate your practice!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. 734-335-1625. mail@a2ringstar.com A2ringstar.com/Aireal-yoga [map]



 1:30, 2, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30 & 10 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Convergence of Coldness and Catastrophes: Spengler's Bones, Kittler's War, and Koselleck at Stalingrad": U-M German Department.

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University of British Columbia German professor Geoffrey Winthrop-Young discusses the German trend to use Spengler's Decline of the West and the ideas of late media theorist Friedrich Kittler to argue that Germany's war losses gives it an intellectual advantage writing military history.
2-4 p.m., 3308 MLB, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 3 & 7 p.m. 

"Finding Your Feet": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Loncraine, 2017). British comedy about a snobbish wife forced to live with her poor bohemian sister after discovering her husband is having an affair with her best friend. Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"How Dehumanization Makes Monsters": U-M Philosophy Department.

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Talk by University of New England (Biddeford, ME) philosophy professor David Smith.
3-5 p.m., 1171 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [map]


 3:15, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Consumer Citizenship: The Social Life of Industrial Foods in India": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Institute of Economic Growth (India) sociology professor Amita Baviskar.
4 p.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 4:15 & 10:15 p.m. 

"Borg vs. McEnroe": State Theatre.

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(Janus Metz, 2018). Biopic about the legendary tennis rivalry between the disciplined Björn Borg and voltile John McEnroe. Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fridays After 5": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, activities.
5-8 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 5:30-7 p.m. 

Colin Stetson: University Musical Society.

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This Ann Arbor-born, Montreal-based avant-jazz saxophonist and clarinetist returns to town with "Sorrow: A Reimagining of Górecki's Third Symphony." A Pitchfork review compares Stetson's treatment of the Polish composer's popular 1976 symphony to the way the works of post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor "go for the emotional jugular," adding, "This is instrumental music that embraces its undying capacity for uplift, that shakes off distinctions between bathos and pathos, between mawkish and grave, as it blasts upward." Stetson is joined by a 12-member ensemble, including his sister Megan, a soprano, and others playing electric guitars, synthesizers, drums, strings, and woodwinds. On Apr. 13, Stetson relates his experiences adapting Górecki's iconic work for contemporary audiences (5:30-7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits).
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$44 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 6 p.m. 

U-M Softball.

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Mar. 21: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30, 31, & Apr. 1: 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue. Mar. 30, 4 p.m., Mar. 31, 2 p.m. & Apr. 1, 1 p.m.

Apr. 4: EMU. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13, 14, & 15: 3-game series vs. Rutgers. Apr. 13, 6 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, noon.

Apr. 20, 21, & 22 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: WMU. 6 p.m.

May 4-6: 3-game series vs. Ohio State. May 4, 6 p.m.; May 5, 1 p.m.; May 6, 6 p.m.
Various times, see listing. Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Library Lock-In!": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 6-11 invited for Lego free play, games, and movies. Pizza dinner provided.
6-9 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Taste Fest": Michigan Ability Partners Fundraiser.

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Strolling buffet with food from area restaurants. With live music TBA. Raffles & silent auction.
6-9 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $40 in advance at https://tinyurl.com/ycunqaqo & at the door. jlittle@mapagency.org, 975-6880. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Wine & Cheese: Michigan Edition": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly Michigan wines with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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Apr. 13, May 11, & June 8. All adults invited. Apr. 13: Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's 2017 drama about the evacuation of Allied soldiers in WWII France. May 11: 13 Minutes, Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2015 biopic about Georg Elser's 1939 attempt to assassinate Hitler. German, subtitles. June 8: TBA.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Lion King JR.": Center Stage Productions.

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Save the dates and invite your family and friends! Come see Disney's "The Lion King JR." performed by kids from South Arbor Charter Academy. Only $10 at the door. (Presented by Center Stage Productions.)
Saline Middle School, 7190 N Maple Rd. $10. 7345760718. csptheatreypsi@gmail.com http://www.centerstagedrama.org/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

2018 Italian Film Festival USA.

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The U-M is one of several host sites for the Detroit-area sojourn of this annual festival.

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Apr. 13: Short Film Program. Screening of 7 short films, after which the audience votes to select the best. 7 p.m.

Apr. 14: "Worldly Girl" (Marco Danieli, 2016). A sheltered young Jehovah's Witness finds herself ostracized after she falls in love with a man outside her faith. 5 p.m.

Apr. 14: "The Sense of Beauty"(Valerio Jalongo, 2017). Documentary exploring the beauty revealed by the work of quantum physicists at CERN, in Geneva. 7:30 p.m.

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Various times (see listing), Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium (611 Tappan). Free. Italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

ARABIQA: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Egyptian American drummer-composer and folk dancer Karim Nagi presents a concert of music and dance from around the Arab world. Featured instruments include the buzuq lute and featured dances include raqs assaya, an Egyptian cane dance, and a solo adaptation of dabke, a folk dance combining elements of circle and line dancing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Diane Seuss: Literati Bookstore.

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This Michigan poet reads from Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, her new collection inspired by Rembrandt's painting of the same name. Inventive and irreverent, the poems upend traditional representations of gender, class, and luxury. Followed by a discussion with Seuss and Chelsea poet Laura Kasischke. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Detroit '67": EMU Theatre Department.

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Apr. 6-8 & 12-15. EMU theatre professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in U-M theatre alum Dominique Morisseau's award-winning 2014 drama about race and family set during the 1967 riot. A pair of African American siblings run a basement speakeasy to make ends meet, but their disagreement over a shared inheritance explodes when a white woman stumbles into their bar. "More than a gimmick or a metaphor, Detroit '67 effectively captures a community coming to grips with its history and its future," writes the Detroit Free Press.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors & students, $12) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"French Macarons 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing these tasty meringue-based cookies, not to be confused with macaroons. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 665-0849. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

CURTAINS, the Big Broadway Musical Comedy Whodunit.

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Nominated for eight Tony Awards, this hilarious musical comedy is a show-within-a-show. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on opening night, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Now the cops have the whole theater on lockdown, and Detective Frank Cioffi must sort out the clues, including scheming understudies, financially motivated producers, and feuding songwriters to solve the crime. But, as you know, the show must go on!!
This show is a perfect way to escape for a few hours of fun and laughter with your family, friends, co-workers, or group.
Curtains, from the creators of "Cabaret" and "Chicago", is directed by Lynn Wilde and produced by Ann Langford and features a talented cast from all over Livingston County. With many brand new faces and a number of your favorites, this is a show you are sure to enjoy!
Order tickets at pinckneyplayers.seatyourself.biz. For further information, call the Pinckney Players hotline at 810-206-5911 or visit us at www.pinckneyplayers.com
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater, 2100 W Michigan 36, Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors (additional $2.00 at door). 810-206-5911. pinckneyplayers@gmail.com http://www.pinckneyplayers.com/ [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Apr. 13 & 27. Screening of family-friendly animated movies and snuggles with adoptable cats. Films include Pete's Dragon (Apr. 13) and The Lion King (Apr. 27). Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Metaphysics and Emotional Intelligence": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

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Talk by Kalamazoo-based holistic practitioner Gary Weidman. May 25 topic: "The Universe works perfectly. There is nothing wrong and everything happens as it should."
7:30-9 p.m., 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Murder for Dummies": Saline Area Players.

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Apr. 12-14. Wendy Sielaff directs local actors in Pat Cook's comedy about a henpecked man who tries to poison his wife's tea. When someone else drinks the tea, chaos ensues. Cast: Jerry Doty, Mary Rumman, Ann Marie Mann, Patti Ringe, Kelly Wade, Kyle Newmeyer, Kevin Myers, and Amelia Yunker.
7:30 p.m., 5th Corner, 211 Willis, Saline. Tickets $16 (kids age 12 & under, $12) in advance at salineareaplayers.org. 355-8898. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music": Theatre NOVA.

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Theatre NOVA presents the Michigan premiere of this hit Off-Broadway musical celebration of the legendary Bessie Smith, whose life was as large and outrageous as her talent. The Devil's Music re- imagines Bessie's final electrifying evening after she and her band are turned away by a whites-only theatre. This is a musical celebration not to be missed, packed with a trove of Bessie's all-time hits-songs like "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Featuring K Edmonds and Brian Buckner.Directed by Lynch Travis.
The production team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting) and Michelle Resnick (stage manager).
Tickets are $25, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to make theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. For tickets, visit TheatreNOVA.org, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 3 p.m.), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before showti
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $25, Pay-What-You-Can ticket available. 734-635-8450. a2theatrenova@gmail.com http://www.theatrenova.org [map]



 8 p.m. 

Abdullah Ibrahim: University Musical Society.

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Called "South Africa's Mozart" by Nelson Mandela, this celebrated jazz pianist leads his septet Ekaya in a program celebrating South Africa's first black jazz band, the Jazz Epistles, with new arrangements of its 1959 album, Jazz Epistle, Verse 1. Also, some of Ibrahim's own compositions, which are influenced by hymns and traditional African music as well as carnival & minstrel music, swing, and boogie woogie.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $26-$60 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Robert Messer, Susie Lorand, and Ray Bantle call to music by Childgrove. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Don Campbell: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran Portland (ME) country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from the Celtic and Canadian Maritimes music of his family to Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, the Beatles, and novelist Stephen King. Tonight he performs material from his 23-song collection Kites to Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mike Stanley: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 12-14. Chicago-based observational comic, originally from the Detroit area, who is known for his snappy, energetic delivery and a sharp wit that's alternately impudent and poetically suggestive. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Paledave Album Release!: Paledave.

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Paledave releases his 3rd album - an EP titled, Still Tickets Left. His band will perform the album, along with other Paledave favorites at the Zal Gaz Grotto Club, Ann Arbor, MI. Local favorites, Annie & Rod Capps will open the show. Open to the public, all ages, no cover. 8 - 11PM.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. Free. Free. 734.645.8251. paledavemusic@gmail.com www.paledave.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have several recordings, including Live and Unrehearsed, a 1994 Ark performance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

U-M Amazin' Blue.

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Performance by this U-M student a cappella ensemble.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $7 (students, $5) in advance at muto.umich.edu. [map]


 8 p.m. 

U-M Dance Department BFA Thesis Concert.

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Apr. 12-14. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M BFA candidates Julia Dooley, Melanie Holt, Monica Miller, Abigail Worth, and Meredith Ziegelmeyer.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5460. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in a program in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Works include Joseph Schwantner's New Morning for the World ("Daybreak of Freedom"), Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, and Copland's Symphony no. 3, which includes "Fanfare for the Common Man." Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Art songs by African Diaspora Composers": U-M School of Music.

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Students of U-M voice professor Louise Toppin perform works from Rekindling the Flame, a new anthology of African Diaspora art songs prepared for publication by Toppin and U-M music professor Scott Piper. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Breaking (the) News": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Apr. 13, 20, & 27. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv inspired by today's news headlines as well as "water form," Pointless' own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Gruesome Playground Injuries": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 12-29. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in Rajiv Joseph's 2011 Off-Broadway play, an unconventional love story that follows a relationship over 30 years, from the couple's initial meeting in their elementary school nurse's office. Note: adult language & content.
8 p.m., (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson, ste. 1. Tickets $25 (students, $10; Apr. 12, pay what you can) in advance at showclix.com/event/gruesome & at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Iolanthe or, the Peer and the Peri": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Apr. 12-15. Greg Hassold directs this accomplished local town-and-gown company in Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera about a fairy who's been banished from fairyland for marrying a mortal. Her shepherd son wants to marry a popular young woman who has many noblemen suitors, but when the young woman sees him hugging his mother, she gets the wrong idea and sets off a confrontation between the House of Lords and the fairies. Cast includes Anastasia Koorn, David Andrews, Lori Gould, John Fioravanti, Megan Maloney, William Fishwick, Lee Vahlsing, Benjamin Powell, Carly LaForest, Alexandra Kzeski, and Christina Certo. Musical direction by Thomas Burton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. Tickets $22 & $25 (seniors, $20 & $22; students, $10 & $12) in advance at umgass.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. umgassexec@umich.edu, (800) 838-3006. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Matt & Ben": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Apr. 5-7, 12-14, & 19 & 20. Allison Megroet and Allyson Miko star in Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers' 2003 Off-Broadway comedy spoofing the relationship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck when both were struggling actors.
8 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Tickets $12-$25 in advance at pennyseats.org and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Me and My Girl": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Apr. 12-15. U-M musical theatre professor Catherine Walker directs U-M musical theatre students in British composer Noel Gay's charming 1937 musical, with an updated 1984 libretto by comedian Stephen Fry and director Mike Ockrent, about an unsophisticated Cockney who, after discovering he's the long-lost Earl of Hereford, must choose between high society and his girl, a fishmonger's assistant. "It has humor, music, dancing, charm, wit, and a deft expertise that takes your heart away," The New York Post asserts. Favorites in the score include "The Sun Has Got His Hat On," "Leaning on a Lamp-post," "The Lambeth Walk," and the title song.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $28-$34 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at smtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 29-May 26. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of David MacGregor's drama that imagines the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the as-yet-undiscovered artistic genius Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Watson and Irene Adler join Sherlock in uncovering the audacious crime. Note: adult language & content. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Tom Whalen, Rusty Mewha, and Caitlin Cavannaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 30-Apr. 29. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Angelo Parra's hit 2001 Off-Broadway musical about this "Empress of the Blues" set on the eve of her death in 1937. Rebuffed by a "Whites Only" establishment, she takes the stage at a gin joint and shares stories from her life and career. Features 13 of Smith's most famous songs, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Stars K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"The Wolves": U-M Rude Mechanicals.

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Apr. 13 & 14. Martin McGuire directs fellow students in Sarah DeLappe's acclaimed 2016 play about teen girls on a suburban soccer team. "The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at muto.umich.edu & at the door. 763-1107, Facebook.com/umrudes. [map]


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


 9:30 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Virtzě, 2018). Comedic drama starring Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland as a roadtripping couple traveling from Boston to Key West in an RV they call "the Leisure Seeker."
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Justin Walters Trio

Jazz ensemble led by local trumpeter Walters. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Nadim Azzam

Local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter whose new EP, Here's To Changes Vol. 1, is a collection of songs about love and loneliness he wrote as a troubled teen. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Guided by Voices

Sold out. [venue info]

Club Above: The Pajamas Band

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Luti Erbeznik

Waterford singer-songwriter whose music draws on rock, classical, and Yugoslav folk music influences and who sings in a voice that's been compared to Nick Drake and whose music blends American folk, rock, and pop forms with the rhythms and colorings of the music of his native Yugoslavia. WXOU Radio (Oakland University) Live! From the Living Room host Maggie Ferguson calls the music on his solo debut Half a Century Later a "magic carpet ride of melodies and instrumentation … at times serene and sensual … this recording is also fiercely driving." [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Live: Hoodang

Wry, pungent alt-country by this local ensemble led by singer-songwriter and guitarist David Rossiter that describes its influences as "English murder ballads, hardcore American country music, and careful-you'll-cut- yourself electric blues." With guitarist Dave Keeney, bassist Ralph McKee, and percussionist John Crawford, often along with guest vocalist Sophia Hanifi. The band's latest CD is the superb Blissfield. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Brett Mitchell & the Giant Ghost

Midland pop-rock band led by Mitchell, a singer-songwriter and drummer whom Grand Rapids Press music critic John Sinkevics calls "the new millennium's version of Marshall Crenshaw." [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer- guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Elizabeth Royce

Rock, folk, blues, and country classics by this local torch singer and pianist who's currently the lead singer of the local neo-girl-group She-Bop. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paledave Paledave

Indie rock band led by Dave Buehrer, a local singer-songwriter whose influences include Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, and Tom Petty. Tonight he showcases music from his new EP, Still Tickets Left. Opening act is Annie & Rod Capps, the husband-and- wife folk-rock duo of singer-songwriter Annie and singer-guitarist Rod Capps. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Scott Fab

Veteran Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter with an enchantingly expressive vocal style. [venue info]

 
 


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